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Tourist Arrivals Up 6% in Panama

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Panama has received more tourists compared to last year. Between January and August a total of 1,390,000 visitors entered the country, 6.4% more than in the same period in 2011.

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Tourist Arrivals Increased by 6.4%

Panama has received more tourists compared to last year. In the first eight months of the year saw the entry of 1 million 390 thousand visitors, representing an increase of 6.4% over the period of 2011.

Panama and Costa Rica are the countries of Central America with the largest increases in visitor arrivals, an increase of over 6%, while the rest of the nations report an increase between 2% and 4% in 2012.

As for currencies, which is spending by tourists in the country, it is estimated that between January and August reached the thousand 491 million dollars.

According to estimates by the Comptroller General, the tourists left the country over 237.8 million compared to spending in the same period of time in 2011.

For the Tocumen International Airport 999 000 651 tourists entered while joined by Paso Canoa 110 000 311.

If this pace during the second half of the year, officials estimate that 2012 closed with the arrival of 2.2 million visitors.

Despite the increase, hotel occupancy in the capital city continues in the red, with a decrease of 7%, with the small hotels with up to 100 rooms, the most affected.

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